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Victor Wembanyama Headlines NBA All-Rookie Team

While the NBA Playoffs are still underway, the league is handing out honors for the season. On Monday, the league announced the All-Rookie First and Second teams. San Antonio Spurs forward-center Victor Wembanyama is the highlight of the All-Rookie Team.

Joining Wembanyama on the First Team are Oklahoma City Thunder forward-center Chet Holmgren, Charlotte Hornets forward-guard Brandon Miller, Miami Heat forward Jaime Jaquez Jr., and Golden State Warriors guard Brandin Podziemski. The All-Rookie Second Team is Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II, Houston Rockets guard-forward Amen Thompson, Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George, Oklahoma City guard Cason Wallace, and Memphis Grizzlies forward GG Jackson II. Wembanyama and Holmgren were unanimous selections to the team.

It’s not surprising that Wembanyama is the highlight of the All-Rookie team. This season, he averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and shot 46.5 percent from the field. On defense, he led the NBA in blocks (3.6 per game) and was second in voting for Defensive Player of the Year. He also won Rookie of the Year unanimously.

On Tuesday, the All-Defensive Team selections will be announced, and the All-NBA Team will be announced on Wednesday. If Wembanyama makes either team or both, he will be the first rookie to do so since Tim Duncan did it in 1998. Wembanyama would be only the sixth rookie ever to make an All-Defense team if he makes it. If he makes it, he would also be the 22nd rookie to make the All-NBA team and just the fourth in the last 4.5 decades.

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